Democrat Gabbard says she will run for USA president in 2020

Tulsi Gabbard announces she will run for president in 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says She Will Run for President in 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said she is running for president in an interview slated to air on CNN's "The Van Jones Show" Saturday evening.

"I have chose to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week", she said, according to CNN.

Gabbard, who supported Senator Bernie Sanders against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, told the CNN that there are a lot of reasons for her to take this decision.

Asked past year whether she would still consider running if Sanders ran, Gabbard said Sanders is a friend and she didn't know what his plans were. In 2004, she volunteered for a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq while serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard, leaving her seat as a state legislator to do so.

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Last year, Gabbard came under fire for an impromptu meeting with Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad during what she described as a fact-finding trip to discuss possible solutions to end the war in Syria.

She made waves recently for saying in a tweet that President Trump is "Saudi Arabia's bitch" for announcing the USA will stand with Saudi Arabia, regardless of any intelligence community assessment on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. After coming back home, she worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA and other candidates.

Gabbard, 37, who hasn't hesitated to criticize her party on global and domestic issues, revealed her decision on CNN's 'Van Jones Show'.

Gabbard has a habit of bucking people in her own party.

A victor of the primary elections beginning early 2020 would be finally nominated by the Democratic party in its convention later that summer to challenge the Republican candidate in the November 2020 elections. She said "whoever is found responsible" must be held accountable and talked about "if" Assad is indeed guilty.

In November, the Hawaii Democrat garnered headlines for criticizing President Donald Trump's decision not to further punish Saudi Arabia over the murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Gabbard is now serving her fourth term in congress after being elected in 2012 to the US House, serving Hawaiʻi's 2nd District.

Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens dismissed Gabbard's White House announcement, saying that the Hawaii Democrat has no voter base.

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